[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Obituary of Pang-Hsin Ting

Nathan Hill nh36 at soas.ac.uk
Sun Feb 5 15:58:38 UTC 2023

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the The Li Fang-Kuei Society for Chinese Linguistics (of which I am a vice president), I regret to share the passing of Professor Pang-Hsin Ting, and share below a memorium that the Society has prepared.

Thank you,

In Memorium Professor Pang-Hsin Ting

Professor Pang-Hsin Ting, Founding President cum Honorary President for Life of the Li Fang- Kuei Society for Chinese Linguistics, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2023, with his wife and children at his side. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on February 12 in the Chapel of the Sunset Funeral Home in El Cerrito, California, U.S.A. Cremation will take place on February 13, with burial in the Sunset Cemetery on February 14.

Professor Pang-Hsin Ting was a native of Rugao 如皋 in Jiangsu Province, China, where he was born on October 15, 1937. During and after his outstanding graduate student years, he proudly acknowledged the late Professor Fang-Kuei Li as his magister primus and life-long mentor. His distinguished academic career included invitations to serve as Chair and Director of the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, as Agassiz Chair Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and as Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. A consummate scholar and also a superb stylist in both modern and literary Chinese prose and in classical poetry, his prominent works include Chinese Phonology of the Wei-Chin Period – Reconstruction of the Finals as Reflected in Poetry (BIHP Special Publications No. 65, 1975), The Tan Chou Ts’un-hua Dialect 《儋州村話, 海南島方言調查報告之一》(中研院專刊之八十四, 1986), Essays on Linguistics《丁邦新語言學論文集》(商務印書館, 1998), The Suzhou Dialect at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century 《一百年前的蘇州話》( 上海教育出版社, 2003), Essays on Chinese Linguistics《中國語言學論文集》(中華書局, 2008); editing the Complete Works of Li Fang-Kuei《李方桂全集》(12 volumes, 清華 University Press, 2007); and a personal poetry collection, Draft Poems from the Thousand Stones Studio《千石齋詩稿》(臺大藝文中心, 2020). Honors received include appointment as Member of Academia Sinica, President of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, and Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America.

submitted by
The Li Fang-Kuei Society for Chinese Linguistics

Nathan W. Hill
Professor in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK
Profile -- http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff46254.php

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